Beer tax e-petition grows as 300 community pubs close in six months

By Luke Nicholls

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Related tags: Community pubs, Public house, Britain

Camra's research found that Britain’s national pub closure rate now stands at 12 pubs per week
Camra's research found that Britain’s national pub closure rate now stands at 12 pubs per week
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has today released new research which reveals that over 300 community pubs have permanently shut down in the past six months, demonstrating the effects of the recent beer tax hikes.

Camra found that Britain’s national pub closure rate now stands at 12 pubs per week, and away from Britain’s city centre high streets – where a net loss of just six pubs in total has occurred across Britain in 6 months – rural pubs are closing at a net rate of  four per week, and suburban at eight per week.

“Whether situated in a small village, city high street, or on the edge of a housing estate, pubs are so central to our society that whole communities can grow around a particular pub,” said Mike Benner, Camra’s chief executive. “A threat to the future of traditional pubs is therefore also a threat to countless social groups within Britain that thrive because of their local”

The news comes as over 33,000 consumers have signed a national e-petition in recent weeks to bring an end to above-inflation beer tax increases​ - the research also shows that 73 per cent of regular pub-goers support a freeze in beer duty.

The group is lobbying to secure 100,000 signatures and force a debate in Parliament on the issue. The e-petition can be signed at www.camra.org.uk/saveyourpint.

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